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Program Acceptance

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) set rules that NO EPP may admit an applicant who:

  1. Has been reported as completing all EPP requirements by another EPP in the same certification category or class, unless the applicant only needs certification examination approval; or
  2. Has been employed for three years in a public school under a permit, intern, or probationary certificate unless the applicant is seeking clinical teaching that may lead to the issuance of an initial Standard certificate.

Candidates are selected for the program based on the qualifications listed on their application and in the screening process during the interview. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements are selected for the program. Applicants will be evaluated using a rubric over these criteria:

  • GPA (the better of either overall or last 60 hours)
  • Coursework hours in the certification area
  • GPA on coursework
  • Score from the interview
  • Quality of references
  • Previous work experience in education
  • if applicable
    • a passing score on the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT Exam),
    • language fluency for applicants for Languages Other Than English and bilingual applicants, as well as applicants with transcripts from outside the United States

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission may receive an offer of formal admission in writing by email. Once an offer of formal admission has been sent out, the applicant will have 3 calendar days to sign and return the invitation, indicating if they will accept the invitation. The enrollment fee (first month’s tuition) will be due at the time of acceptance of the invitation, along with the $35 TEA Technology fee. 

Contingency Acceptance 
A candidate may be accepted into Region 7 EPP on a contingency basis, pending receipt of an official transcript that does not reflect the degree conferred, provided that the candidate is currently enrolled in and expects to complete the courses and other requirements for obtaining a baccalaureate degree at the end of the semester in which admission to the program is sought and ALL other program admission requirements have been met.
A candidate admitted on a contingency basis may begin program training but shall not be recommended for a certificate until the Region 7 EPP receives an official transcript of a baccalaureate degree from the university/college Registrar's Office. The contingency admission will be valid for the admission semester only and may not be extended for another semester. It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the university/college Registrar's Office mail/e-script the degree conferred transcript to Region 7 EPP when the transcript becomes available. The degree-conferred transcript must be received before signing an employment contract.